Choppy coming-of-age story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
An across-the-board delight featuring a spot-on ensemble cast that treats the most awkward and embarrassing moments in the rites of passage with affectionate hilarity.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The growing-up stuff is kind of wonderful.
| Original Score: 3/4
Famuyiwa has kicked up fertile new storytelling territory for black filmmakers.
| Original Score: B
The Wood is a solid debut for director Famuyiwa.
Inane coming-of-age comedy.
A fair and admirable comedy we haven't quite seen before.
Awkward performances, unsure directing flaw The Wood.
The Wood paints a fair picture of growing up black, bright and, of all things, without sullen malice or uncorrectable misogyny.
This rambling and episodic autobiographical saga of three friends coming of age in Inglewood, Calif. in the '80s is so determined to be likable that it forgets to be interesting.
Quaint and refreshing!
Even the charismatic Epps can't bail out a script that lacks tension, too often substitutes high-fives for dialogue or action and calls for farce scenes that used to get 'em rolling in the stone aisles of ancient Greece.
Since positive images of middle-class black friendships and romance remain rare while gangster tales, drugs and gang gunfire dominate the screen, The Wood gets bonus points.
A savvy, good-natured comedy!
The Wood spends too much time wallowing in arrested adolescence to make you feel you've traveled anywhere.
When will Epps, who was in The Mod Squad, get a picture worthy of his obvious talent?
| Original Score: 2/4
It's about time someone made a movie with black male characters who are believable and funny without being buffoonish.